Patrick Barkham on these islands now
Date(s) - Wednesday, 15th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop
The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. Some, like the Isle of Man, resemble miniature nations, with their own language and tax laws; others, like Ray Island in Essex, are abandoned and mysterious places. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated from capricious owners to be run by their residents; holy islands like Bardsey, the resting place of 20,000 saints; and deserted islands such as St Kilda, famed for the evacuation of its human population, and now dominated by wild sheep and seabirds. Guardian writer Patrick Barkham explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles as he travels to ever-smaller islands – places of freedom and imprisonment, party destinations and oases of peace, strangely suburban and deeply wild.